Just hours before the crucial Eurogroup meeting tomorrow Tuesday, Greece’s lenders – the notorious Troika -sent a fax to the government posing a new demand: the dismissal of 20,000-22,000 civil servants until 2014.
According to news portal in.gr, the government rejected the Troika demand, with finance ministry sources saying “we don’t even talk about it.”
The government has given consent to ‘labour reserve’ of 2,000 people until the end of 2012 and another 20,000 in 2013. However Samaras’ government rejects dismissals of those in labour reserve. The measure foresees that civil workers go home with only 75% of their salary for one year and then are relocated into understaffed departments of the public sector. But dismissal? Coalition government partners PASOK and Democratic Left vehemently oppose such option.